According to Reddit user u/711_truther, the portrayal of Ramirez in “1984” is “disgusting.” They mentioned that even though this isn’t the first time “AHS” has based a character on a real-life serial killer, the way the show depicts Ramirez is insensitive. Because this era wasn’t all that long ago, it’s still fresh in peoples’ minds, especially because most of Ramirez’s survivors are still living today; for that reason, the whole narrative comes off as insensitive and terrifying.
Throughout the thread, several Redditors agreed and found the use of Ramirez distasteful, especially since he’s depicted as “sexy” and “cool” in this season. u/711_truther makes a good point by referring to other classic horror movies, and marveling at their approach to characters like Buffalo Bill in “Silence of the Lambs” or Norman Bates in “Psycho,” both of whom are based on Ed Gein.
Reddit user MadamMarshmallows added that “AHS” could’ve easily used that approach by calling him the “Moonlight Stalker” instead of the Night Stalker, while still incorporating the actual killer’s characteristics. Their whole point is that the story should have been fictionalized out of respect for all the people Ramirez actually killed, and the many survivors he tormented.